January 2013

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What Does the Word Catholic Mean?

by Steve Ray on January 30, 2013

What Does Catholic Mean?
A History of the Word “Catholic”
By Steve Ray

As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the  Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.” 

 At the time, I thought nothing of it. There was certainly no evil intent, just a loathing of the Catholic Church and a distinct desire to distance ourself from its heresy and man-made traditions. 

 I assumed that very early in history Catholics deviated from “biblical Christianity” so they simply invented a new word to describe their new society. 

 Since we Evangelicals were supposedly the ones faithful to the Bible we had no interest in the word “catholic” since it was found nowhere between the covers of the Bible. 

 “Catholic” was a biased word loaded with negative baggage so we removed it from the Creed. I should have asked myself “Where did the word “catholic” come from, and what does it mean?” 

 Was I right to assume that Roman Catholics invented the word to set themselves apart from biblical Christianity? 

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Lots of pictures too :-)

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(Thanks for all your comments below. Everyone loves hearing them on the bus!)

Today was a marvelous day of adventure, prayer, friendship, and learning the Bible.

We did not want to kill our poor pilgrims who are still a bit weary from jet lag and travel so we took in three important Rosary sites and walked in the footprints of Jesus on top of the Mount of Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth.

Remember that Jesus lived to be thirty-three years old and of those he lived quietly in Nazareth for thirty of those years. We talked about the Annunciation and how the angel met the 15 year old Mary that probably had muddy feet at the time of meeting. We also discussed the typical day in the life of the Holy Family.

The couples all renewed their wedding vows. One couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in Cana today. Well I could say more, but you can see it all for yourself and I hope it helps the Bible come alive for you like it is for all of us.

Discussing the day and all we saw during the free time before dinner

 

 

 

 

Part 1: Transfiguration and Cana

Part 2: Nazareth and Mass at the Annunciation

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Bishop Finn Comments on the Rogue “National Catholic Reporter”

January 30, 2013

Thought you would be interested to read this commentary by Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, on his–and many other Catholics’–concern about the editorial content of “The National Catholic Reporter”. This paper is published in Kansas City and continues to promulgate stances that are not consistent with Catholic teaching. He issued this statement on [...]

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Elijah, Carmelites, Stella Maris and Arriving in Israel

January 29, 2013

(NOTE: Family, Friends and all of who share this pilgrimage by video, please leave a comment below and I will read them on the bus each day. This is a great way for you all to share the experience together.) Today our group arrived at the airport in Tel Aviv. They were full of joy [...]

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Riddle: What is the New Testament?

January 27, 2013

Before you say “a book” ask yourself what the book says the New Testament is.

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Young People Grab the ProLife Baton and Run the Good Race

January 26, 2013

Marching for Life: We Are the Pro-Life Generation A Student’s View (and news you won’t hear in the deceitful liberal media that dominates America!) By Makena Clawson WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2013 (Zenit.org) – The giant and predominantly young crowd for the 2013 March for Life braved the cold and snow to protest Roe vs. Wade on [...]

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Gov. Cuomo, Abortion and Canon Law

January 25, 2013

From my good friend Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer at his site http://www.canonlawblog.wordpress.com. I am not expressing my own opinion here, simply relaying Dr. Peter’s assessment. An appropriate response to Gov. Cuomo’s latest abortion push by Dr. Edward Peters Two years ago I engaged in an extensive public discussion about whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, [...]

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Grandchildren Almost Alligator Food? Cool Video from My Son in the Everglades

January 23, 2013

Jesse is in Florida on a short vacation with his wife Anna and their six delightful children (our grandchildren). He writes: We stopped at a well attended visitor spot here in the Everglades. Just behind our van was a big pond. I checked it out and saw no danger, but I stayed close to the [...]

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Trail of Blood: Do Baptists Have a Claim to the Original Church?

January 18, 2013

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct? There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving [...]

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Steve Speaking at Steubenville on Evangelizing our Pagan Society

January 17, 2013

Announcement: Franciscan University Announces Convert, Author to Address Importance of Year of Faith Steve Ray on How Catholics Can Re-Evangelize Our World STEUBENVILLE, OH—Catholics are called during this Year of Faith to delve deeply into the roots of their faith, where they will encounter the Risen Christ. Author Steve Ray will speak on how Catholics [...]

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What Kind of Country have we Become?

January 16, 2013

In a small town paper but should be on page one of the New York Times (which will never happen!)

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Yad Vashem and “Hitler’s Pope”

January 16, 2013

Yad Vashem Controversy An inscription at Yad Vashem states that Pius XII‘s record during the Holocaust was controversial, and that he negotiated a concordat with the Nazis, maintained Vatican neutrality during the war and, formerly stated that he took no initiatives to save Jews. In 1985, Pietro Palazzini was honored by the museum, where he [...]

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Employment Opportunities at Logos Catholic Bible Software

January 14, 2013

I know it is a difficult time for many with unemployment at an all time high. My friend Andrew Jones is head of the Catholic department at the world’s best Bible software company – Logos. He is looking for a few good people to work with him. Positions open include: Spanish-language Marketing Specialist National Software [...]

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Obama: “We Must Save our Kids; if We Get That Wrong, We Can’t Get Anything Right”

January 14, 2013

What a hypocrite, twisting the truth and reality like a rubber nose. Blind, foolish and destroying our country.

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Flood Washington with Red Envelops – the Abortion Folks Picked a Fight with the Wrong People

January 12, 2013

 Only 13 Days Left… If You Did Not Actually Order Your Red Envelopes For Red Envelope Day 2013, Will You Please Consider Doing That Right Now? Help us prepare the next batch of empty Red Envelopes by January 12th for delivery on January 22, 2013… the 40th Memorial of Roe V. Wade!  The unborn cannot speak for themselves and the clock is ticking [...]

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